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Our Sustainable Environment Contribution

Sustainable Operations

Pelikan Group is committed to ensure that the way we operate and create our brands leave positive footprints for generations to come. Not only do we adhere to compulsory regulations wherever applicable in our business dealings, consistency and transparency in reporting, good governance, and business ethics are also priorities to the Group. We believe in maintaining sustainable environment practices through constant innovation in developing our products and processes, responsible sourcing and procurement activities, and high global standards in manufacturing and management.

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Our beliefs in sustainability are embedded throughout our value chain, right from the start of a product being developed to it being used in the hands of our customers. We identify key sustainability issues within each level of process and tries to address them as best we can.

Value Chain Sustainability Matters Considered
Product Development
  • Product safety
Material/Merchandise Sourcing
  • Certifications (for example: ISO)
  • Environmental protection (for example: FSC)
  • Supplier/vendor audits
  • Supplier code of ethics
  • Energy and water consumption
  • Recycling of materials
  • Workers working conditions
  • Energy consumption
  • Emissions
  • Packaging materials
  • Promoting environmentally safe products
  • Promote recycling/reuse

Pelikan products are renowned throughout the world and represent outstanding quality and safety. Over 1,700 Pelikan employees worldwide are dedicated to ensuring that these high standards are met.

Many Pelikan products are designed for children and pupils, and therefore require special attention. Safety and harmlessness to health are therefore our top priority. This is ensured by our continuous quality assurance. Pelikan not only focuses on the development of high-quality products, creative innovations and the associated manufacturing methods, but also concentrates on the responsible optimisation of existing methods and products. Each of our products are examined and constantly improved with regard to its effect on the environment. This ongoing awareness is firmly anchored in our corporate goals.

Some Pelikan and herlitz products are Blue Angel certified. The Blue Angel label guarantees that a product or service meets high standards when it comes to its environmental, health and performance characteristics. In the process, these products and services are always evaluated across their entire life cycle. Criteria are developed for each individual product group that must be fulfilled by those products and services awarded with the Blue Angel. In order to reflect technological advances, the Federal Environmental Agency (in Germany) reviews these criteria every three to four years. This process requires companies to constantly improve the environmental friendliness of their products over time.

Our environmental awareness starts with the procurement of raw materials. As well as fulfilling the International and European standards, these must not only comply with the required limit values but always surpass them where possible. Guaranteed through intensive reception and quality controls, as well as the adherence to our Ethics Code, it is fundamental for us to cooperate with the suppliers and partners of the same values.

The Group’s promotes the use of Forest Stewardship Council (“FSC”) certified wood and paper based products in order to promote responsible management of the world forest. FSC is a non-profitable organisation that sets standard on forest products, along with certifying and labeling them as ecofriendly. In addition, the Group’s German entities have also obtained the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (“PEFC”) Chain of Custody certification.

As with the previous years, Pelikan Group’s manufacturing plants are environmentally friendly and have been recertified for ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 in 2018. ISO 14001 provides assurance to employees and stakeholders that the environmental impacts are being measured and improved. For instance, the Group continued to invest in energy-efficient LED-lightning for indoor and outdoor area, use of renewable energy for central heating, and use of an energy efficient central cooling unit. On the other hand, ISO 9001 demonstrates Pelikan Group’s ability to consistently provide products and services that meet requirements of regulators and consumers.

In addition, our Mexico plant has also been recertified as Environmentally Clean by the Mexican Government and the Poland plant was recertified with the Green Office Certification by the Polish Environmental Partnership Foundation.

As a responsible business with global manufacturing facilities, sustainable resource management is integral to Pelikan in maintaining its long-term ability to operate successfully. These relevant certifications are evidence of the Group’s commitment as an environmentally friendly business and that efforts are made continually, for example, efficient use of energy and water consumption.

For the year, the major plants’ consumption of energy and water were as follows:

  Electric (MWh) Water (m3)
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Total 15,876 16,077 31,891 34,420